Population Ethics and the Value of Life
Public policies frequently involve choices of alternatives in which the size and the composition of the population may vary. Examples are the allocation of resources to prenatal care and the design of aid packages to developing countries. In order to assess the corresponding feasible choices on normative grounds, criteria for social evaluation that are capable of ranking alternatives with different populations and population sizes are required.
KeywordsCritical Level Utility Level Social Evaluation Worth Living Utility Distribution
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